Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
Here is what you will find in this issue:
1. What's New on the Neuroscience for Kids Web Pages
2. The Neuroscience for Kids Page of the Month
3. Contest Deadlines
4. Milestone for the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter
5. Brain Awareness Week 2001
6. Head for the Hills
7. Media Alert
8. E-mail Changes?
9. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
10. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. November Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. December NeuroCalendar
C. UW Brain Awareness Week 2001
D. UW Brain Awareness Week Open House Registration Form
In November, 12 new figures were added and 46 pages were modified.
The Neuroscience for Kids "Page of the Month" for December is the "Mad Scientist Network" at:
"The Mad Scientist Network" (Washington University, St. Louis, MO) is a
great place to get all of your science questions answered. The network
can answer your questions about agricultural sciences, anatomy, astronomy,
biochemistry, botany, chemistry, biology, ecology, earth sciences,
genetics, neuroscience, physics and zoology. Just e-mail your question
and it will be answered by a group of scientists and posted to the Mad
Scientist Network web site. The Mad Scientist Network boasts that it has
answered more than 25,000 questions over the last several years. The
entire database of past questions and answers can be searched by keyword.
It appears that most questions are answered in about one week, although in
some cases it may be a month before you get your answer. Don't be afraid
to ask your questions. The only "bad" question is one that is not
Send your drawing in soon. There are some great brain books waiting for the winners!
The deadline for the American Academy of Neurology Neuroscience Prizes is
also approaching (December 15, 2000).
Here are more ideas to get you started:
A. Do some brainy activities during BAW. You can find a one week lesson plan for BAW and many experiments and demonstrations on the Neuroscience for Kids web site.
B. Hold a BAW Open House or Science Fair.
C. Send an electronic BAW greeting card:
D. Have a neuroscientist visit your class. You may find a neuroscientist who is interested in visiting your class at the Society for Neuroscience Committee on Neuroscience Literacy web site.
E. Create your own BAW web site:
You will find other ideas for BAW activities at the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and Society for Neuroscience BAW web sites:
http://www.dana.org/brainweek/ and http://www.sfn.org/BAW/
Here at the University of Washington, we are planning a BAW Open House for Tuesday, March 6, 2001. About 300 local students will be invited to attend a presentation by the Pacific Science Center/Group Health Cooperative Brain Power Team. After the presentation, students will explore interactive, hands-on booths set up by UW neuroscientists. Last year the BAW Open House was a tremendous success and this year it is shaping up to be another exciting event. For a description of this year's UW BAW activities including the Open House, please see:
Please return the application early. Space is limited to 300 students.
The AAOS has outlined several "essential" rules for safe sledding:
A. No sledding on public streets.
B. Sit in a forward-facing position; no head-first sledding.
C. Sled in a clean path without hazards such as rocks and trees.
D. Supervise small children.
E. Sled in a well-lit area.
The AAOS has also outline several "preferred" rules for safe sledding:
A. Children under 12 years old should wear helmets.
B. Sleds should have runners and a way to steer.
C. Plastic sheets should not be used to sled.
D. Layers of clothing should be worn as protection against the cold.
I hope it snows in Seattle this year. My family and I look forward to a safe and fun sledding season.
B. Review of Dr. Robert Provine's new book, "Laughter: A Scientific Investigation" in Scientific American (December, 2000).
C. "Eyes Wide Shut" in Time Magazine (November 13, 2000): advice for sleep-deprived parents.
D. "Alzheimer's first blow" in US News and World Report (November 6, 2000): Correlation between severe head injuries and Alzheimer's.
E. "Monkeying Around with the Brain" in Newsweek Magazine (November 27,
2000, page 76): Controlling robot arms with brain activity.
B. Dr. James Parkinson first described a neurological disorder called the "shaking palsy" (later to be called Parkinson's disease) in 1817.
C. The active ingredient in catnip is called nepetalactone.
D. Physicist Albert Einstein did not speak until he was three years old. (Statistic from the New York Times op-ed by Steven Pinker, 6/24/99 "His Brain Measured Up.")
E. The chemical known as ether was first used to manage pain during
surgery in 1846 at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Your comments and suggestions about this newsletter and the "Neuroscience for Kids" web site are always welcome. If there are any special topics that you would like to see on the web site, just let me know.
Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.
"Neuroscience for Kids" is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center of Research Resources.